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Asian player rankings

Singapore’s Anas Rahamat finished 2018 as the No.1 Asian ranked player, but there was a new No.2 with Hong Kong’s Antonio Carabillo replacing Cedric Garnier of Tokyo TFC.

These two have been playing leapfrog for most of the year, and it sees Antonio go into the Australian Grand Prix 2019 as the Number One Seed.

A number of Australian players re-entered the rankings after their registrations were processed, as well as some new Singapore players.

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Table Football gives Testicular Cancer the Flick

Table Football gives Testicular Cancer the Flick

Australia’s table football players have united with the Dylan Tombides Foundation to raise awareness of testicular cancer in the lead up to the 2019 Australian Grand Prix of Table Football this month.

The cooperation is the result of Australian Table Football Association President Adrian Connolly’s personal brush with testicular cancer after being diagnosed just before Christmas.

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ATFA President Adrian Connolly

Like many men, Adrian says he knew very little about testicular cancer.

“I was shocked to find out how common testicular cancer is for young men and that the rate has been rising. The form of testicular cancer is typically found in men in their 20s and 30s so all males from the moment they become a young adult should become informed, be aware of their body, and most importantly take action if you think something may not be right.”

The Australian Table Football community is uniting behind Adrian and have joined forces with DT38 Australia, a charity raising awareness of testicular cancer to save lives that was set up in memory of Dylan Tombides. Dylan was an Australian International and West Ham United professional football player who passed away aged 20 in April 2014 after a 3 year battle with testicular cancer.

“In the weeks before Christmas I found a lump. Before I knew it I was having scans and being referred to a specialist by my GP.” Adrian said. “I then had further scans and surgery to remove a tumour which was later confirmed to have been testicular cancer.”

“Breaking the news to my children on Christmas Eve was particularly difficult.” Adrian went on to say. “The good news is that the surgeon believes that the surgery was curative.”

“The initial scan to find out if you have a tumour is non-invasive, a basic ultrasound which for me was also at no cost as it was bulk billed. There really is no excuse to get anything checked out.”

The draw for the Australian Grand Prix tournament will be held on Friday 18th January and will feature special guest representatives of DT38 Australia.

The tournament will take place 19-20th January.  World no.25 Antonio Carabillo will be travelling from Hong Kong to take on the best Table Football players from across Australia.

Background:

Testicular cancer is not a common cancer, but it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer after skin cancer in men aged 20–39. In Australia, about 850 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year, accounting for about 1% of all cancers in men. It occurs most often in men aged 25–40. ^1.

^1 Cancer Council. https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/testicular-cancer/

DT38 Australia is part of the DT38 Foundation which was set up in memory of Dylan James Tombides. Dylan was an Australian International and West Ham United professional football player who passed away aged 20 in April 2014 after a 3 year battle with testicular cancer. The West Ham Family thought so highly of Dylan that they retired his number 38 and made DT38 one of their principal charities.  The charity has been formed as a result of Dylan being misdiagnosed. Their vision is to change the way testicular cancer is diagnosed by implementing best practice diagnostic guidelines for patients who present with testicular symptoms.  DT38 also aim to arm future generations of young men with the necessary knowledge about testicular cancer that will enable them to be confident when taking health matters into their own hands.

DT38’s mission is to raise awareness and change the stigma associated with men’s health issues with a focus on testicular cancer. They aim to do this through providing educational programs and opportunities for the youth of our community, to help shape a generation of children who are self- aware about their health and wellbeing.

The Australian Table Football Association (ATFA) governs Sports Table Football which is based on the Subbuteo table top game that reached its peak in the 90s before making a retro comeback in recent years. Clubs are located in each capital city plus major regional centres. ATFA is a member of the world governing body for the sport, the Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF).

The Australian Grand Prix of Table Football will be held 18-20 January 2019 at the Margaret Whitlam Recreation Centre in iconic Bondi, NSW.

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For more information contact:

Adrian Connolly (Melbourne):  0410 479 036

Steve Dettre (Sydney): 0408 420 234

2018 Christmas Binge WASPA Report – Western Sydney Subbuteo

2018 wss christmas binge waspa 600pxWith bellies full from Christmas and Boxing Day feasts, and with players needing to begin their preparations for the upcoming Australian Grand Prix, it was a sizeable crowd that rolled up to Bella Vista Good Games on a warm Thursday evening, with representatives from all four Sydney clubs. A last minute realisation that there was a lack of goal posts meant that only 3 of the 6 available pitches could be utilised (we live and learn!) so the 10 players were split into 3 groups, rather than the preferred Swiss System which had been planned. An unseeded draw threw up a number of interesting match ups.

In the group stage, both Hermann Kruse and Fabrizio Coco made light work of Adrian Elmer. They finished equal on points after drawing their opening game against each other, but Fabrizio finished in top spot as he hammered Adrian while Hermann could only beat Adrian comfortably. Group Two saw Oliver Ollnow continue his recent run of great results, easily topping his group which featured Dave Sultana and new Sydney TFC recruit, Leonardo Nizzoli. Meanwhile, the 4 player Group Three saw the incredibly unlucky Geoff Sirmai finish in 3rd spot, in spite of amassing 5 points in going undefeated – Both Eliot Kennedy and Steve Dettre also finished on 5 points but had better goal differences than Geoff. Daniel Sirmai was the unfortunate victim of the top 3 players’ quest for better goal differences.

In the Repechage section, Adrian saw off Daniel 2-0 while Geoff had the same result against Leonardo. In the Repechage final, Adrian attacked for much of the opening phase, before Geoff came into his own in the latter stages. Neither player could, however, break the other’s defense and so a 0-0 result saw the two share the consolation category.

The Barrage saw Hermann score an unexpected 2-1 victory over Eliot, though Hermann’s recent form means that this probably shouldn’t have been a huge surprise. meanwhile, Steve and David fought out a dogged 0-0, Steve eventually coming up trumps, 2-1, in the shootout. The Semi-final between Fabrizio and Steve was tense for the opening 5 minutes, with neither player taking the upper hand. In a flurry over the next five minutes, however, Fabrizio gained a 2-1 advantage as both goals saw excellent opportunities converted. A late 3rd goal confirmed Fabrizio’s passage to the final. The father and son match-up (Hermann v Oliver) in the other semi, saw Oliver revert to the 9-1 structure which had served him well in his recent Falcons’ WASPA tournament win. Hermann huffed and puffed but struggled to break down Oliver’s dogged defence until later in the game. Hermann then rode out a scary stranded traveling ‘keeper moment to hold on for a 1-0 victory.

The final, therefore, saw the two opening game, Group One combatants, meet up again. While they couldn’t be split in their first encounter, Fabrizio had obviously warmed up by now. His two unanswered goals gave him his second tournament win for the month.

Thanks to all who turned up and enjoyed yet another hard fought, friendly bunch of games. Thanks, as ever, to our great hosts, Bella Vista Good Games. A happy new year to all with lots more table football action in store.

For more photos, go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.2081938548719438&type=3

For full results, go to http://subbuteoaustralia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2018-wss-christmas-binge-waspa.html

This report originally posted on the Western Sydney Subbuteo website – https://sites.google.com/view/westernsydneysubbuteo/tournaments

Anas retains top spot to end 2018

Anas Rahamat of Singapore retained the number one ranking in Asia at the end of 2018,  the 8th time this year he has held the No.1 place.
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He held off the challenge of Japan’s Cedric Garnier, who moved up one place as Hong Kong’s Antonio Carabillo dropped one.
Raffaele Lombardi claimed the top Aussie ranking, on the back of his Melbourne International Open victory.
Of significant note are the number of players across the region who need to renew their domestic registration to confirm their world ranking places.

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Oli causes an upset

Northern Falcons’ junior Oliver Ollnow caused a major surprise when he upstaged his senior clubmates to win the December 17 Christmas WASPA at the clubhouse, now dubbed ‘The Falcons’ Nest’.
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While it’s true that Oli didnt win a match in normal time, he did what was necessary to take the tournament, based on a defence of steel and the capacity to work attacks with just two figures – always being willing to move the ball back rather than being boxed in.
He won his three knock-out matches on shots, showing a capacity to finish in shootouts.
The Monday night event attracted 11 players, with Johnny Ball making a welcome return after more than a year in the table football wilderness. Many thanks also to Tony Credentino and Geoff Sirmai for once again supporting our club.
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Group 1 saw a pulsating first match, with Neil Brener and Oli sharing the points in a 2-2 draw. Eliot Kennedy beat Neil 2-0 and then struggled against Oli but came up with a 1-0 win.
In group 2, Hermann Kruse stole a first up win against Jonty Brener with a last gasp goal, much to the entertainment of a couple of onlookers who followed Hermann’s exploits in the tournament. Adrian Grunbach overcame Torben Pfister 1-0, Hermann beat Torben and when Adrian and Hermann drew 1-1, Adrian claimed the automatic semifinal placing.
In group 3, Steve Dettre beat Geoff Sirmai 2-1, after Geoff scored a lightning equaliser. Tony Credentino bested Johnny Ball 2-1, but not before ‘Sphere’ scored a shock first up goal.
Steve powered three past Tony in a 3-1 win, and after two scoreless draws, it was Steve and Tony who progressed to the barrage round.
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Both matches went to shots, with Hermann edging Tony and Oli beatigng Steve.
Eliot was on fire in the semifinal, knocking in five unanswered goals against Hermann, while Adrian found it touch against Oli’s disciplined defence and went down 2-0 on shots.
In the final, Eliot worked hard to get around the back of Oli’s defence, creating a few opportunities, but wasting the precious chances. Oli was by no means sat back, and worked a few chances of his own.
But it then went to shots, and Oli’s two nicely chipped shots, combined with some good keepin, was enough to claim the event.

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Coco reclaims Christmas Cup

Sydney TFC’s Fabrizio Coco claimed the 3rd edition of the Christmas Cup, a traditional tournament organized by Sydney Table Football Club. This year for the first time it was also played under the FISTF regulations and format as a Satellite event.

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It was a very good turnout of Open players and junior players coming mostly from local area of Sydney but also interstate. The great weekend started with a traditional dinner draw. A big surprise during the draw was seeing Fabrizio Coco in the same group with clubmates Daniele Lombardi and Antonio Credentino — definitely the group of death!

The tournament had 4 groups with a total of 14 Open players and 2 groups for the U19 category for a total of 7 players with Gabriel Lombardi, Oliver Ollnow and Jonty Brener taking part also in the main category and played an incredible level showing how far they have grown during these years!

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Raffaele Lombardi (Sydney TFC) current number 55 in the world ranking, was the top seed player and favourite to win the title, followed by Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons WR 81), Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC WR  107) and Hermann Kruse (Northern Falcons WR 204).

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It was a pretty easy life in their group stages for Raffaele and Eliot in their groups, but not really for Fabrizio who had to face his top team mates Daniele Lombardi (1-1) and Antonio Credentino (3-1) but still finished first in his group on goal difference. Herman finished 2nd in his group on goal difference, behind Giuseppe Tardiota (Brisbane Subbuteo Club WR 165).

The quarter finals started with a big match between the two Sydney TFC brothers Raffaele Lombardi vs Daniele Lombardi (2-1) followed up by Jonty Brener vs Giuseppe Tardiota (0-2), Oliver Ollnow vs Fabrizio Coco (0-2) and Eliot Kennedy vs Hermann Kruse (4-1).

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The semifinals were just as tight,  where everything was about to happen.

Raffaele Lombardi and Giuseppe Tardiota finished 1-1 after Giuseppe took the lead. Only the Golden Goal saw decided the victory for Raffaele 2-1. In the other semifinal Fabrizio Coco vs Eliot Kennedy was a  game plenty of occasions from both sides where Fabrizio took the lead in the first half and Eliot equalized in the second half finishing the game with 1-1 results. Only the penalty shootout decided the fate of the game that saw Fabrizio winning 2-1.

The Open final was a Sydney TFC matter between Raffaele Lombardi and Fabrizio Coco, battling without pause. An intense game well refereed by Eliot saw Fabrizio claiming his 2nd Christmas Cup title winning 1-0 against his club mate.

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In the junior category Oliver Ollnow (Northern Falcons) took the title beating in final Gabriel Lombardi (Sydney TFC) 2-0 .

Congratulations to all the players who competed in the tournament and many compliments to the incredible juniors growth in the game!

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Melbourne City fans try their hand at table football

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Victorian table football’s three clubs united to promote table football and support the Melbourne City FC pre-game entertainment prior to their A League clash with Newcastle Jets on Sunday 2nd December at AAMI Park.

There was a touch of “table football’s coming home”.  After all, it was through a fan forum for the then Melbourne Heart FC that current Melbourne Table Football Club (MTFC) President Luke Radziminski and former Australian Table Football Association President Benji Batten met.  These two players founded MTFC and then played a key role in getting table football back on track in the state.

It was a great opportunity to showcase table football to the thousands of football fans in attendance thanks to Melbourne City FC.  Many fans tried the game outside AAMI Park in City Square, both those new to table football and those that had seen or played the game before.  It was fantastic to see people of all ages, male and female, eager to play.   This is truly one of the great things about table football.

Inside the venue, table football was also available in the VIP corporate room of McDonald’s.  The McDonald’s workforce that were in attendance had fun trying their hand (or should that be finger!) at table football both pre-game and during half-time.  Dual AFL premiership player Leigh Colbert, present at the event, noted that his son was particularly keen on the game.  He was one of many bitten by the table football bug!

Hopefully this was the start of ongoing involvement between table football and Melbourne City FC.  With this on the back of similar activity held by Brisbane Subbuteo Club prior to a Brisbane Roar A League game, and the planned Perth Subbuteo Club’s involvement with Perth Glory pre-game, it is great to see involvement between table football clubs and Hyundai A League clubs.  Exciting times for Australian Table Football!298E4A09-6811-4D0E-B3E8-2A6CC4D35A19 39DE3797-6950-428A-BDFB-D698F2A40532 9B32FB06-A092-43AF-971B-CB82DE4D26EC 1D0C93A0-B71D-49D7-BF21-54A7B1A7921F ACF8746D-03B5-46A6-861E-6F225F47AE5F

2018 Sydney Cup Grand Final and Wrap Up

grand final poster 900pxIn February, 22 players began the long journey that was the inaugural Sydney Cup. The Sydney Cup was set up as a knockout tournament for all Sydney based players. Players were drawn randomly each round, no seeds, which meant that every round had some very juicy match ups, and the very real possibility of favourites making early exits and underdogs riding the luck of the draw to later rounds. Players were left to organise their own assigned matches, with games being played in games shops, community halls, school rooms, back sheds and lounge rooms across the year. The other feature of the Sydney Cup was the ‘double elimination’ system, meaning that when a player lost for the first time, instead of being eliminated, they dropped from the ‘red’ pool into the ‘blue’ pool. A second loss in the blue pool would see them eliminated, until we were left with just two players – Daniele Lombardi and Eliot Kennedy. And so we came to the 42nd and final game of the competition. The Grand Final was scheduled for Sunday, December 2 and was hosted by Good Games Bella Vista.

The two had played a warm up match each before facing off in the final. Eliot won the toss and elected to flick off first. A tense opening saw both players with equal possession. Then, midway through the half, Eliot made a calamitous defensive flick, knocking his own defenders out of the way and gifting Daniele an open shot at goal. However, as Daniele placed his hand to take his shot, his forearm landed on one of Eliot’s figures. The nerves from both players were clearly showing.

Eliot’s let-off spurred him into action, though, and, a few minutes later, he opened the scoring with shot on the run that was deftly tucked into the top corner as Daniele could only look on. Eliot relaxed with this and dominated possession for the rest of the half. His shooting proved to be a bit wayward, however and, without making too many clear cut chances, conspired to hit the woodwork and Daniele’s ‘keeper a number of times.

The players regathered their thoughts over the half time break and it was Daniele who came out the stronger. An early equaliser meant it was well and truly game on. Eliot responded with renewed pressure and, again, cursed the framework of the goals and Daniele’s ‘keeper as numerous shots failed to bother the scorer. Then, in a classic sucker punch, Daniele counter attacked and took the lead with 6 minutes left on the clock. In spite of his dominance, Eliot found himself behind where it mattered. Still he pressed, and most of the rest of the game found him in or near the shooting zone with Daniele defending stoutly. After a few more shots, even Daniele had to make the comment – “Every time you shoot you shoot straight at my goalkeeper”! With a little under two minutes on the clock, however, Eliot finally had his goal, tying the scores at 2-2, with a huge sigh of relief. And so the scores remained as the 30 minutes came to its conclusion.

The players repolished ready for the 10 minutes of golden goal extra time. Eliot lost the toss and so Daniele took the opening flick-off, in spite of a light hearted suggestion to give it to Eliot and so have the opening possession for the (non-existent) second half! Daniele wisely turned the offer down and elected to take the flick-off. It turned out to be his best decision of the afternoon. After the flick-off, Eliot didn’t even get to touch the ball. Daniele manoeuvred his way forward and a slightly overhit defensive flick from Eliot gave Daniele the chance he needed, burying his shot emphatically into the top corner to finish what turned out to be a rather anti-climactic extra time period after the tense to and fro of regular time. Eliot was left to rue the countless shots he had which were saved or hit the woodwork, while Daniele’s accurate finishing from the handful of shots he created during the game proved to be the decisive factor.

grand finalIt was a great grand final played in excellent spirits, with both players honouring some very tight referee calls without comment, and focusing on playing high quality table football. Many congratulations to both players. It was a fitting finale to a year long saga which, we hope, will be the first of many to come for the Sydney Cup.

For the full results of all the 2018 Sydney Cup matches, click here.

To register for the 2019 Sydney Cup, click here.

Flicks In The Sticks #3

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In what has become a highlight of the Victorian Table Football calendar, the 3rd edition of the annual “Flicks in the Sticks” (FITS) WASPA was hosted by Kevin Grant at his property. The event drew its largest number of entries to date, highlighting that many players earmark this as one they must attend.

Nine Open and five Juniors competed. Both events were the traditional FITS round robin league format. This time with the number of players it was a lightning 1×20 min match format.

In the juniors it was again Charlotte Wright who was dominant and taking out back-to-back junior WASPA. Three wins from four games without conceding was an impressive set of results. Not far behind were Billy Wright and newcomer Liam Browne who showed his debut form at the Melbourne IO weekend was not fluke. Jayden Truter took out 4th after defeating debutant Sean Browne in the final game.

In the Open category, from the offset Benny Ng was again the player to beat.
Christos Garagounis took out the clash of the Club Presidents in the opening round with a tight 1-0, making Adrian Connolly pay for hitting the right upright on three occasions.
Tonly Madiona proved tough to beat, only losing to Adrian and Benny on the day. His draw with Christos allowed Adrian to climb to second leading into the final round of games where most ladder positions remained up for grabs.

With Adrian winning 6 in a row after his first round loss, his clash with Benny would determine the WASPA winner. Benny won the toss for the kick off and took an early lead. An open attacking game somehow ended with neither player adding to the scoreline for Benny to take the title.

Christos was held to a 2-2 draw by Benjamin in his final game to finish in 3rd place. Steve Wright took out 4th place with his final round victory over Beth Eveleigh. A further win behind was Tony Madiona on goal difference Kevin thanks to their 0-0 stalemate in the final round. It was a rare lean day of scoring for Kevin who usually is involved in several high scoring clashes. Junior competitor in the open category Benjamin Ng finished in 7th, ahead of Beth on goal difference by virtue of Benjamin’s strong final round performance against Christos. Juliette Browne finished 9th and did well to contain all players – there are no easy games in the Open category!

There was also a WASPA Teams category held with the results between three players from each of the two clubs counted for this (Benny, Adrian and Steve from Western Flickers and Christos, Kevin and Beth from Northern Pheonix). The Western Flickers took out this title to prove that West is Best 🙂

Finally, thanks again to it host Kevin Grant for this much loved event. A great rural location for us all to escape to and play the game we love with good friends.

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